Emmanuel Addeh in Yenagoa
Ebikeme Okoringa, a Special Adviser to Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr Seriake Dickson, who was inaugurated last month, has been killed by suspected assassins.
THISDAY learnt that Okoringa was shot dead in his hometown in Kaiama, Kolokuma-Opokuma Local Government Area of the state where he resides.
The victim, a two-time councillor and former Acting Chairman of the council, was killed at about 10p.m. on Monday while trying to drive into his compound, according to a source close to him.
Preferring to remain anonymous, the source said the assailant laid ambush close to the victimâ€™s house and shot him immediately he alighted from his car.
â€œThey waited for him in the cover of darkness. Immediately he alighted from his car and walked towards the door, they released the first bullet.
â€œThe bullet tore his hand but he started running to escape from the scene. The assailants chased him to a point where he fell down. They pumped many bullets into his body at a close range,â€ he said.
The source said the killers ensured their victim was dead before they fled the scene.
Though the motive behind the dastardly act could not be ascertained, it was gathered that the incident jolted other cabinet members of the governor even as the community continues to live in apprehension.
Efforts to speak with the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Asinim Butswat, were not immediately fruitful as his phone indicated that the state police commandâ€™s spokesperson was not reachable.